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English in Cambridge - Studio Cambridge

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Programme Summary:

  • Ages 16 +
  • Minimum 2 week stay
  • Homestay (half-board) or Residence (self-catering)
  • University town in green environment
  • High quality, family run private school
  • Standard, Intensive courses + Cambridge, IELTS exams preparation
  • More than 80 different nationalities attending

School

Cambridge

Cambridge has an almost unparalleled reputation for its high-calibre university, producing the likes of Sir Isaac Newton, Bertrand Russell and Ludwig Wittgenstein. The history and traditions that have withstood the test of time make students feel as if they are living and breathing Cambridge history. Not only that, but it's a wnonderful mixture of a student towm, a cosmopolitan area and an ancient historical site. There are plenty of things to do and see around the beautiful little city, making it a hot destination for young people wanting to learn English.

Climb to the top of Great St. Mary's cathedral for a spectacular view of the town from above. Go rowing, or for an even more typical Cambridge experience, give punting on the Cam a try. Students can take walks through "the Backs", going down peaceful meadows to the river's edge with picturesque views of the colleges. In the heart of East Anglia, Cambridge itself is easily accessible by train, bus, car, and by plane, making it easy to travel around England (and maybe even a sneaky trip over to the rival university Oxford, just for a comparison!).

School

Founded in 1954, Studio Cambridge, has years of EFL experience under its belt. Accredited by the British Council and a member of English UK and Education UK, the school offers Intensive English and exam prep courses for young people and adults as well as fun-filled language and activity programs. With qualified and experienced teachers, the courses always include a range of activities and local visits after classes. Every week, 180 to 250 students are engaged throughout and encouraged to speak English with fellow participants from every corner of the world. At the end of the course, students receive academic certification showing achievements and proficiency in English. The school hosts students with over 70 different nationalities per week. The school is ideally located, just a 10 minute walk from the centre of town and 400 meters from the main train station. There is also a learning centre with a library, computers, multimedia facilities and free Internet.

Activities

Our school organizes a weekly entertainment programme for participants. Every week there is a Pub Night - an opportunity to make new friends, practice your English and have fun. We also have traditional afternoon tea, orientation tours of the city, museum visits, football, parties and trips to the theatre and cinema. All daytime and evening activities offered are free of charge; however, there are some recommended events such as student nights at clubs in the city, or cultural and theatre trips that may require an additional fee.

Examples:

  • Guided tour of the city (the River Cam, universities, museums, botanical gardens)
  • Welcome activity
  • Things in restaurants / bars / pubs
  • Excursions (around £ 22): London, Bath, Canterbury, Windsor Castle, Stonehenge and Salisbury (ages 18+)
  • Sport (volleyball, badminton, basketball, frisbee, swimming)
  • Evenings of games, movie and pizza, movies, bingo
  • British Culture: conversation club, cake decorating and cookies, quizzes, English tea, bingo

On the weekends the school offers reasonably-priced one-day excursions to places like London, Bath, Stratford-upon-Avon, Brighton, as well as all-weekend trips to Amsterdam, Paris and Scotland. We even offer horse-riding weekends in Wales.

Programme

All levels are welcome, from beginner to advanced. The school is open to participants aged 16+.

General information

  • Lesson length: 45 minutes
  • Maximum number of students per class: 16 (13 on average)
  • Timetable: classes are usually held in the morning from 09:15 - 12:45, but can also take place in the afternoon during peak season
  • Placement test: first day of classes
  • Access to courses before or after the programme
  • Weekly evaluation of your progress (for programmes lasting 4 weeks or more)
  • Teachers are qualified to teach English as a foreign language

Programmes

  • Standard course: 20 lessons of general English per week

    Classes are held every morning for this course. You will develop the four basic language skills: written & oral expression and listening and reading comprehension. Oral communication will be heavily focused on, and the content of the course differs in accordance with the language level. Language level: beginner - advanced (only for those aged 18+)

  • Intensive course: 28 lessons of general English per week
    In addition to the standard course, you will also have 8 extra lessons from 13:45 - 15:15. Depending on your language level, you'll have a choice between different modules (English culture, Business English, TOEIC preparation, academic English, advanced oral communication, advanced written expression and advanced reading).

    Language level: beginner - advanced (available for students aged 16+)

  • Exam preparation for the Cambridge exams (FCE et CAE) or the IELTS exam: 28 lessons per week
    Duration:

    • 5, 6 or 8 weeks for the Cambridge exams
    • 4 or 6 weeks for the IELTS

    Prepatatory exam courses are held throughout the whole year on specific dates. This is a full time course. Teachers hold a specialiased qualification or have the status of an examinor.

    Language level required: upper intermediate (B2) (available for students aged 16+)

Accommodation

Host family

Staying with a host family is the best way to fully delve into the English language and culture. We take enormous care in selecting the best host families for the students and all of our families are carefully screened. Students are encouraged to spend time with their families in order to make the most out of their stay in the country.

Single room, shared bathroom, half board

Distance from school: families are generally located in a residential area. Families are between 20 - 30 minutes away either on foot, by bike or by bus.

Practical information:

  • Bedding and towels provided (changed every week)
  • You'll be able to do your washing (the family will usually give you a specific day to use their washing machine and show you how to use it)
  • Internet connection is usually available
  • If another student is also placed with the same host family, they will be of a different nationality

Optional extras:

  • Four Star accommodation: (higher standard, larger home and additional facilities)

  • Five Star (highest standard, large house, usually with a private bathroom)

Residence

Tripos Court: residential building specifically for students

Features:

  • Modern, single rooms (double rooms available for two students travelling together), with a shower and a toilet
  • Self-catering
  • Distance from school: 10 minute walk
  • Location: a residential area of Cambridge, close to restaurants, bars sports centres and activities. It's a 20 minute walk from the centre of Cambridge.
  • Deposit to be payed on arrival (please see 'Dates & Prices' tab), reimbursed by the school at the end of your stay if no evidence of damage has been found.

Facilities/Services available:

  • Communal kitchen with all utensils included
  • Lounge area with a TV
  • Laundry facilities (for a fee)
  • Bedding provided and changed once a week
  • Towels are not provided
  • WiFi
  • Private garden
  • Cleaning is carried out once a week

Prices & Dates 2018

Dates 2018

Session start dates: the majority of courses start on a Monday all year round. Classes are held during bank holidays, with the exception of the 01/01/18.

Holidays (The school is closed on these dates and no classes will be held): from 16/12/17 - 02/01/18 and from 15/12/18 - 07/01/19

Session start dates for Cambridge exam preparation courses (FCE, CAE):

  • 5 week session: 21/05
  • 6 week session: 26/02, 09/04, 02/07, 10/09
  • 8 week session: 02/01, 22/10

    • Exam dates

      FCE: 24/02, 10/04, 19/05, 23/06, 10/08, 20/10, 15/12 CAE: 28/02, 07/04, 19/05, 23/06, 11/08, 20/10, 15/12

Session start dates for IELTS exam preparation courses:

  • 4 week session: 15/01, 26/02, 16/04, 28/05, 02/07, 30/07, 17/09, 29/10
  • 6 week session: 02/01, 12/02, 02/04, 14/05, 03/09, 15/10

    • IELTS exam dates: 10/02, 24/03, 12/05, 23/06, 28/07, 25/08, 13/10, 24/11

Prices 2018

Programme prices -

Including taxes, enrolment fees, course & homestay accommodation

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Course & accommodation with a host family - single room, half board
Duration20 lessons28 lessonsCambridgeIELTS 28 lessons
2 weeks940 £1,040 £--
3 weeks1,370 £1,520 £--
4 weeks1,795 £1,995 £-1,915 £
5 weeks--2,445 £-
6 weeks2,560 £2,860 £2,935 £2,785 £
8 weeks3,385 £3,785 £3,715 £-
12 weeks5,025 £5,625 £--
16 weeks6,370 £7,170 £--
18 weeks7,010 £7,910 £--
20 weeks7,720 £8,220 £--
24 weeks8,890 £9,850 £--
32 weeks11,185 £11,345 £--
36 weeks12,575 £12,755 £--
Extra week350 £355 £--
Extras - price per week
Extra charge for students aged 16 7 17 (one payment)90 £
4 star family40 £
5 star family140 £
Residence60 £
Transfer (per journey)
Gatwick240 £
Heathrow190 £
Luton140 £
Stansted110 £
St Pancras 170 £
Optional extras to be payed on-site (in GBP)
IELTS exam fee170 £
Cambridge exam fee170 £
Exam books40 £
Residence deposit 100 £

Prices include:

  • Chosen English programme
  • Accommodation in single room
  • Host family: full board during the weekend and half board on days where you have classes
  • A welcome pack
  • All administrative fees
  • Course materials

Prices do not include:

  • Transport to Cambridge
  • Transfers on arrival and departure
  • Optional extras
  • Host family: lunch from Mon-Fri
  • In a residence: all meals
  • Transport in and around Cambridge
  • Deposit, if applicable (to be payed on-site)
  • Exam fees, if applicable (Cambridge & IELTS)
  • Visa fees
  • Optional insurance

Practical Info

Transport

Arrival day: Sunday

Departure day: Sunday

Arrival airports/station

  • London St Pancras
  • London Heathrow*
  • London Gatwick*
  • London Stansted*
  • London City*
  • London Luton*

(*)Transfers available on request (for a fee, please see 'Dates & Prices' tab)

Note: do not reseve your ticket before we have confirmed your place in the programme (around 4 days after payment has been made)

Visa Information

Do you need a visa for this programme? For more information please consult our page Visa Information.

Please do not hesitate to contact us by telephone or email if you require any additional information.

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